December 06, 2006

School Days

Springs School

The Springs School has received a large donation of material. The school has used a lot of it but have too much to keep. The material is cotton knit and comes on bolts in various colors. If you are interested in getting some of this material, please contact Colleen McGowan at 324-0144.

The PTA's Annual Holiday Bazaar for students to shop safely and independently for family members ends tomorrow. A raffle will be included for some wonderful household decorations donated by Mrs. O'Connor.

Eighth-grader Kim Valverde started for the East Hampton High School Varsity Volleyball team this past fall. Based on her performance she was awarded Rookie of the Year. She was also voted runner up for the defensive specialist position that is normally awarded to a junior or senior. She is being honored at the All-League, All-County dinner tomorrow.

Last year Springs Natural Helpers raised over $1500 to create personalized teddy bears at Build-A-Bear Workshop. Natural Helpers are junior high students chosen for their sense of responsibility and leadership qualities. The plan for this year is to go again. This time the "Santa's Helpers" are joining the Suffolk County Coalition of Domestic Violence and Stony Brook University Hospital. They hope to brighten the children's holiday season. The Natural Helpers will be collecting donations. This year the public can sponsor a bear with a personalized greeting card for $20. One hundred percent will be donated to making the bears possible. The students appreciate everyone's generosity.

Ross School

The Pre-Kindergarten class reflected on their field trip to the Quogue Wildlife Refuge during a weekly Writer's Workshop session. Each student created a favorite bird based on facts gathered from books, videos and first-hand experiences. The birds now roost on the branches of their colorful Bird Tree. The children's dictations were compiled into a Bird Field Guide. Bird calls, including owls, eagles, hawks and humming birds were recorded on tape. A visitor to the classroom could get a good introduction to Ornithology by visiting the Pre-Kindergarten Bird Station.

Third graders had a publishing celebration in their classroom. The students had just finished writing and publishing personal narratives. During this writing unit, the students explored the use of "fresh and unusual language" in their writing and using inventive leads to catch their readers. Parents and teachers were thrilled to hear each story come to life as the students read. It was a festive occasion full of interesting and creative writing.

Fourth graders presented their peacemaker projects to students and teachers on the Lower Campus. As an integrated project, incorporating biography study in language arts and the study of peace in cultural history, students researched their peacemaker of choice. They wrote reports, made timelines and created artistic projects ranging from the creation of a meditative journey as Buddha, to the creation of a speech for freedom that Abraham Lincoln might give today if he was our president now. The presentations were engaging and multi-faceted and were an excellent demonstration of the deep understanding the students achieved through their hard work and research.

Wainscott School

The children learned about author Mr. Ken Robbins this week, by reading some of his books. Mr. Robbins visited the Wainscott School yesterday. He is a well-known photographer and has written many books for children. His subjects for some of his books are local sites.

The students recently completed a reading program by Scholastic Books. They had to read 100 books by December 31. They completed this task by November 15. The Scholastic Book Company will donate 100 books to children in need for every 100 books read. The children received certificates and bookmarkers to recognize their efforts on behalf of others.

The children are getting ready for the holiday show. They have been busy learning their lines and songs. The show will be performed on December 21 at the Wainscott Chapel.

Sag Harbor Elementary School

The Gorenflo Giving Tree project has been completed and over a hundred gifts have been shipped down to Biloxi, Mississippi. Our school family has enjoyed reaching out to the students of this school that was hit so hard by Hurricane Katrina. Thank you all who gave so generously. A special thanks to UPS for donating the shipping.

Our children are busy preparing for our Winter Concert tomorrow at 7 p.m. All are invited to come and enjoy the performances of our Chorus, Band, Guitar Club and Orchestra.

On December 15 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., the PTA is sponsoring a holiday workshop for all families to come and create Gingerbread Houses of their own. This is always a fun activity for children and adults alike.

CDCH Charter School

The CDCH Charter School's Thanksgiving banquet on November 21 was an incredible success. Everyone dressed the part in a fine array of Pilgrim and Indian costumes made by the students themselves. Special thanks to Alan Geppert, Connie Hernandez and Fanny Wells who led the staff-sponsored event for the entire school.

Annadanielle Gullo's kindergarten class is learning about the five senses this week by exploring a variety of tastes and smells and by exploratory walks around the CDCH campus. They paid close attention by seeing, hearing and feeling the world around them. This week also marks the beginning of the class's lesson on community helpers. The class is planning on having a few people who do a variety of good things for us in the community come and share their stories with them.

Southampton School District

Dr. Cynthia Jacunski, Director of Pupil Personnel Services/Special Education and Dianne MacDonald, LCSW, of the Southampton School District, will be holding a special program, entitled "Students with Special Needs: What Does the Future Hold for My Child (and what do I do now)?" in the Southampton High School cafeteria tomorrow from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

This informative program will discuss the various options and services available to parents and children with disabilities. Other topics of discussion will include supplemental Social Security benefits, post-high school vocational training and other important topics.

Tuckahoe School

Tuckahoe is proud to announce our honor roll students for the first quarter of the 2006-07 school year. The students who achieved High Honor Roll in eighth grade are Cheyne Finocchiaro, Samantha Grimaldi, Paul Grindle, Amanda Hornstein, Sean McDonald, Nicole McGuinness, Leandra McGuinness, Melissa Morse, Kyle Olsen, Grant Parnon, Brandon Quiros, Samantha Riccardi, Enrique Rodriguez, Jordan Seymore, Edward Stokes and Joseph Zito.

Hampton Bays High School

Hampton Bays Secondary School Student Council held its annual Battle of the Classes. Students in each grade level competed against opposing grades. Advisors Andrew and Eleni Fotopoulus helped the students prepare for the games, which included a sack race, tug of war and lip-sync among a list of challenges and team-building activities. Congratulations to the junior class for winning Battle of the Classes.

The Student Council used the evening, filled with games and entertainment, to sponsor one of its community service programs.

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